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Key to Justice [Mass Market Paperback]

Talia Gryphon
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March 30 2010 Gillian Key
Psychologist to the paranormal Gillian Key has a new patient. He is a vampire who calls himself Csangal, but he is also a creature hiding his true motives-and his true identity: Dracula.




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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Key to confusion May 16 2010
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, I'll say this much: "Key to Justice" isn't anywhere NEAR as bad as Talia Gryphon's third book.

Unfortunately, the fourth novel in her spectacularly disastrous series is still a pretty wretched affair. "Key to Justice" has a few good ideas sprinkled in the mire, but they're sunk by the fragmented plot, the hollow characters, and an avalanche of ridiculous "paramortal" cameos (there's a freaking VAMPIRE KNIGHT?). Even worse, Gryphon burns through all the semi-interesting plot she had in the book's first half.

Having been "revirginized" (huh?), Gillian fumes and fusses about her renewed relationship with Aleksei, and continues giving therapy to more of her weird clients. Her main client is the seductive vampire Csangal, who has a bucketload of personal issues -- and some rather sinister plans for Gillian. So after sitting around chatting in the library for awhile, all the vampires head off to rescue her, and face Dracula and his army once and for all...

... and since Gryphon runs out of plot about halfway through the book, she has to whip up something more. While Gillian and her buddy Kimber deal with some unexpected complications to their personal lives, their friend Jenna has been captured and drugged by an evil vampire ex-priest who is trying to turn humanity against the "paramortals."

Five words can describe "Key to Justice" -- made up along the way. It feels like Talia Gryphon was trying to have an epic final clash with Dracula and his vast paramortal army... only to blow through the entire Epic Clash of Epicness in just a few chapters, most of which was people sitting around talking. Then she scrambles to fill up the rest of the book with a NEW villain and a NEW storyline.

It would be pretty bad even if Gryphon could write...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Key to confusion March 31 2010
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, I'll say this much: "Key to Justice" isn't anywhere NEAR as bad as Talia Gryphon's third book.

Unfortunately, the fourth novel in her spectacularly disastrous series is still a pretty wretched affair. "Key to Justice" has a few good ideas sprinkled in the mire, but they're sunk by the fragmented plot, the hollow characters, and an avalanche of ridiculous "paramortal" cameos (there's a freaking VAMPIRE KNIGHT?). Even worse, Gryphon burns through all the semi-interesting plot she had in the book's first half.

Having been "revirginized" (huh?), Gillian fumes and fusses about her renewed relationship with Aleksei, and continues giving therapy to more of her weird clients. Her main client is the seductive vampire Csangal, who has a bucketload of personal issues -- and some rather sinister plans for Gillian. So after sitting around chatting in the library for awhile, all the vampires head off to rescue her, and face Dracula and his army once and for all...

... and since Gryphon runs out of plot about halfway through the book, she has to whip up something more. While Gillian and her buddy Kimber deal with some unexpected complications to their personal lives, their friend Jenna has been captured and drugged by an evil vampire ex-priest who is trying to turn humanity against the "paramortals."

Five words can describe "Key to Justice" -- made up along the way. It feels like Talia Gryphon was trying to have an epic final clash with Dracula and his vast paramortal army... only to blow through the entire Epic Clash of Epicness in just a few chapters, most of which was people sitting around talking. Then she scrambles to fill up the rest of the book with a NEW villain and a NEW storyline.

It would be pretty bad even if Gryphon could write... which she can't. The plot is littered with leaden infodumps about interesting stuff happening elsewhere in the world, rambling chitchat (Gillian psychoanalyzing Dracula after being kidnapped), and drippily sentimental interludes that may induce vomiting. The dialogue tends to be painfully stilted, especially during big dramatic moments ("That is not possible. You do not have his level of power!" "It is possible. I have evolved").

And Gryphon even crams in a half-finished vampire mythology, smushed together with Judeo-Christian legend (strangely, no mentions of God). It all sounds very cool and dramatic, except that an epic Final Battle ends up turning into an anticlimactic chitchat in front of heavenly beings. And seriously, enough TMI about Gillian being "revirginized" and her "perfume of purity." Ew.

What's more, Gryphon keeps piling on even more "paramortals": a new Norse vampire pantheon (all gorgeous and perfect, of course), a golem, Erzsébet Báthory (how overused!) and Sweeney Todd (somebody saw the Johnny Depp movie!).

Unsurprisingly, Gillian is still a fuming foul-mouthed parody of a soldier, spending half her time whining about how AWFUL it is to have a romantic, attentive boyfriend who inexplicably adores her. In fact, everybody adores how nasty and whiny she is, because... well, there isn't really a reason. And the great, mighty, evil Dracula turns out to be yet another gorgeous emo boy who only does bad things because his wife killed herself, and just needs some therapy to be non-evil/crazy.

"Key To Justice" has a few good ideas (the whole origins-of-vampirism thing), but it's drowned in the fragmented plot and unscary villains. At least there's no mention of soggy private parts.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear! March 22 2011
By Helen Hancox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Talia Gryphon book I've read. Correction, this is the first Talia Gryphon book I've attempted to read - I gave up halfway through. I don't think I'll try any others if this book is representative of this author.

There were a few good aspects of this book - a varied cast of characters. Extremely varied in fact - most of the things-that-go-bump-in-the-night seem to have been featured. The love interest for our heroine Gillian Key, a vampire called Aleksei Rachlav, was also an impressive chap although it wasn't clear to me what he saw in Gillian. And perhaps I'm old fashioned but her job as a sometime sex therapist, which involves sleeping with her clients, didn't make for complete believability in the romantic plot thread. And that's ignoring her 'revirginisation' which apparently has occurred in the previous book (which I didn't read - and won't be looking for).

So I've moved from the good points to the bad points, but there were a lot of them. Dodgy dialogue, juddering plot, unsympathetic heroine... these all served to make me give up reading at page 97, just after our heroine had been kidnapped by Dracula. I had a nasty suspicion the story wasn't going to get any better so decided it was best to leave the book there. I was also getting a bit confused by all the characters who were popping up in the story, presumably from the previous books, but for a new reader such as I it was just too much.

Maybe if you read and enjoyed the previous two books this one might work for you, but for those of you out there who haven't yet tried this author, I suspect there are better ways to spend your money.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 1 2014
By Mary Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Addition to the Gillian Key Series Nov. 24 2011
By Heather - Published on Amazon.com
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"Key to Justice", the fourth installment to the Gillian Key series, was an entertaining novel from beginning to end. Picking up where "Key to Redemption" left off, the reader is transported back to Romania where Gillian is having to deal with some romantic issues that arose after the ending of the previous book. While dealing with her relationship with Aleksei, she also has to do her job, which puts her in danger from Dracula.

From Romania, to Egypt, to Prague, the reader follows Gillian as she deals with Dracula and those who follow him. Gryphon introduces new characters, some of which she borrowed from other stories, and some that are her own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it for what it is: pure fantasy and entertaining reading..... March 13 2012
By Skeletor-Vixen - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved it. I loved the whole series. I wish there was more to come and I'll be sad if there isn't more. Even from her POTO fiction days I've loved Talia's writing. I can't write so I won't complain about anything that entertains and tickles my imagination so finely.

Thank you Talia. I'm grateful for all you've so generously offered and written to us greedy readers. I do hope there is more to come and if not: what a loss to me personally since I've got many many readers hours invested in Gillian and Aleksei.

This fourth book was a wonderful addition to the series.
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